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Today's News

  • Man charged with Macado's robbery

    Galax police arrested Anthony Gregg McLaurin, 18, of Galax, on Jan. 17 after an incident at Macado's that evening.
    According to a police report, Sgt. Mark Burnett and Officer Kevin Hall responded to a burglar alarm at Macado's restaurant at 10 p.m. When they reached the building, they caught sight of a man fleeing from the restaurant on foot.
    After a three-block pursuit, they arrested McLaurin and charged him with burglary and destruction of property.
    McLaurin was released and is scheduled to appear in the Galax General District Court.

  • Galax to add elementary resource officer

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Members of the Galax City Council unanimously approved a plan for a part-time resource officer at Galax Elementary School at their meeting on Jan. 14.
    The proposal was presented by Police Chief Rick Clark, who expressed his desire to increase school security to better protect the children of the community.
    “I see an opportunity to enhance the security [at the elementary school],” said Clark.

  • New River Trail had 1 million visitors in 2012

    New River Trail State Park attracted more than one million visitors and had nearly 6 percent more attendance than in 2011.
    The trail that passes through Carroll and Grayson counties and Galax followed the trend that allowed Virginia State Parks to set a new attendance record in 2012.
    State parks attracted 8.366 million visitors, an increase of 7 percent. The new record is a 4 percent increase over the previous attendance record of 8.065 million visitors, set in 2010.

  • Gardners celebrate 73rd anniversary

    Eldon and Iris Gardner of Fancy Gap celebrated their 73rd anniversary.

    They enjoyed their anniversary together at their home.
    They were married Dec. 23, 1939.

  • Public record for 1/23/13 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing. 
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Sept. 19-Oct. 9, 2012, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville.

  • Carroll resident dies after crash in Dublin

    UPDATED 1/24/13:

    DUBLIN — An 84-year-old Hillsville woman has died after a Monday crash on Route 100 in Pulaski County, according to the Dublin Police Department.
    Police say that Velma Bowman Horton, driving a 2001 Buick, pulled into the path of a 1999 Dodge truck, driven by Charles Lucas of Radford. The accident happened at the intersection of Route 100 and Fourth Street at about 4:15 p.m. Monday.

  • Would arming teachers make children safer?

    This Landmark News Service editorial was published in its original format in The Virginian-Pilot. It has been edited for The Gazette.

  • Readers' Hotline 1/21/13

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  • NC 89 curve improvement work underway

    The North Carolina Route 89 curve improvement project near North Carolina 18 between Low Gap and the Virginia state line is underway.
    The road will be reduced to one lane for most of the project, so motorists should be prepared for some delays depending on the traffic volume.
    Traffic will be maintained with the use of flaggers and a pilot vehicle that will lead motorists through the work zone between the flagging stations, the North Carolina Department of Transportation said. Temporary traffic signals may be used at a later date if needed.

  • Pay raise top priority for Grayson teachers

    INDEPENDENCE – Salary increases are once again the top request from the Grayson County Education Association for the 2013-14 school year.
    GCEA President Arnold Hash presented the school board with his top priority for educators after surveying those working across the division earlier this month.
    Hash said although only 48 percent of the school system staff completed the survey, it gave him “valuable insight into what was important.”